The Prime Minister has confirmed the next stage of unlocking will progress as planned on the 17th May.

At a Downing Street press conference,Johnson confirms that the country has met the four steps that means that we can move to the next stage of Coronavirus restrictions.

He said that the country remains on track to move to Phase 4 on the 21st June.

The news comes as deaths and hospitalisations from Covid-19 are at their lowest since last July.

The rule changes will see people will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 people, and indoors in groups of up to six or as two households.

Pubs, restaurants and bars will be able to reopen indoors, with groups of up to six people or two households to a table.

Indoor entertainment will also resume with the reopening of cinemas, museums and children’s play areas and theatres, concert halls, conference centres and stadiums can all reopen, with larger events at reduced capacity.

Organised adult sport and exercise classes can restart indoors, but a decision is yet to be made on saunas and steam rooms.

Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen, with overnight stays allowed within the UK in groups of up to six people or two households.

Weddings, receptions and other life events can take place with up to 30 people and the limit on numbers attending funerals will be removed in line with how many people can be safely accommodated in venues.

People will now “have the choice on whether to socially distance with close family or friends” or not.

But people will be urged to remain cautious about the risks that come with close personal contact such as hugging, as this is a way the virus spreads.

Care home residents will be allowed five regular visitors and greater freedoms to make low-risk visits outside of their home.

In secondary schools and colleges, pupils will no longer be required to wear face coverings in classrooms and communal areas but twice-weekly home testing will remain to control infection rates.

All remaining university students will be eligible to return to in-person teaching and learning, but should be tested twice a week on their return and thirty people will be allowed to attend a support group or parent and child group – with children under five not included in this limit.

The ban on international travel will end and people will be free to travel to green list countries.

Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester commenting on the latest roadmap announcement today:
“While I welcome today’s announcement, we need to remember that hospitality operators across the country are not yet out of the woods. Many will be reopening for the first time this year, and all will be in financially precarious positions that will affect them for years to come.
Although they will be allowed to reopen from next week, operators will continue to make a loss while measures such as social distancing, capacity limits and table service are still in place.
Keeping people safe must always be the priority, however we need to ensure these measures are withdrawn as soon as is safe, and prior to the 21 June date if the data presents the opportunity to do so. Removing these measures will be crucial to the financial viability and survival of many operators.”

Commenting John Foster, CBI Director of Policy, said:

“It’s encouraging to see the roadmap remains on track, with the certainty it’s provided businesses so far already appearing evident in recent economic data. And universities and students alike will also be relieved by the return to in-person teaching from next week.

“Meanwhile, the Government can inject further momentum into the recovery by providing companies with clarity on outstanding issues, including social distancing, covid status certificates and the future of workplace testing beyond June 21.

“Getting answers will help business cement the gains so far, laying strong foundations for the recovery, and support the planned full reopening of the economy without delay.”


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